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(Post)transformational Migration

Inequalities, Welfare State, and Horizontal Mobility

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Edited By Marek Nowak and Michal Nowosielski

Perceived inequalities, such as the lack of a proper job or bad living conditions, can play the role of push factors that make people migrate. Apart from this, there are studies which focus more on relative deprivation, exacerbated by inequality, as a basic determinant of people’s mobility, and also some are focused on the influence of income inequality on migration. Such «structural conditions» are only a part of the story of migration, particularly because differences and inequalities are social facts, elements of the universal shape of modern open societies. Ultimately inequality, as more general departure point, can’t be merely an element of explanation, and it is important to remember that not only do «objective» social differences and the inequalities caused by them foster migration behaviour, but so do their social perceptions.

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Contributors Ingrid Jungwirth (PhD), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, Institute of Social Sciences, Director and project coordinator. Research interests: Gender Studies, Labour and Migration, Life Course Perspective, Sociology of Culture. Publications: Zum Identitätsdiskurs in den Sozialwissenschaften – eine postkolonial und queer informierte Kritik an George H. Mead, Erik H. Erikson und Erving Goffman, Bielefeld: transcript, 2007; “The change of normative gender orders in the process of migration: a transnational perspective,” COMCAD Working Papers 2008, vol. 48 (Bielefeld: Centre of Migration, Citizenship and Development); “Geschlechtliche Konfigurationen in grenzüberschreitenden Berufsverläufen von Migrantinnen“, in: Dagmar Vinz and Sandra Smykalla (eds.), Intersektionalität und Chancengleichheit, Münster: Westfälisches Dampf- boot, 2011 (to be published) [Gender configurations in transborder professional histories of migrant women]. Iveta Ķešāne, MA in Social Sciences. Baltic Institute of Social Sciences researcher. Research interests: migration, integration, social change. Most important publications: [with: Zepa B., Šūpule I., Krastiņa L., Grīviņš M., Bebriša I., Ieviņa I.], Integration practice and perspective, Riga: Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, 2006, pp. 1–250; [with: Kaša R.], “Learning to Welcome: Immigrant Integration in Latvia,” in: Learning to Welcome: Immigrant Integration in Latvia and Poland, Centre for public policy PROVIDUS, 2008; [with: Zepa B., Šūpule I., Lulle A., Hazans M., Žabko O., Bebriša I., Krastiņa L.], Immigrants in Latvia: Possibilities and Conditions of Inclusion, Rīga: Baltic Institute of Social Sciences, 2009, pp. 1–215. 296 Contributors Marta Kolankiewicz (PhD Candidate), MA, MSSc in Department of Sociol-...

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